Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
buzbunni

Early morning hardwater

Recommended Posts

So, who hit's the ice in the early a.m.?

Set-up would likely be a tad more difficult because you'd be doing it in the dark, and I would think you would want to have a bit of familiarity with the area you were fishing because it's no fun scouting in the dark/cold. I'm betting the traffic on the ice would be down significantly.

I'm thinking about trying it because it works better with my schedule, but I gotta admit, I ain't no earlybird. I figure a couple cups 'o Joe, and a few jumping jacks might help to get me going. I usually target walleye and northern pike, but I'd be curious to know if the crappies are biting in the morning as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do most of my eye fishing on Devils Lake in the morning. I leave the house at 0400 and expect to have my holes drilled by 0600. The bite usually starts at 0645 and ends around 0830. I like to drill about 10-15 holes right away and then i set up 2 tip ups, 1 deadstick and jig with the 4th line (Nd allows 4 lines). I am usually home by 1200 about the time my wife is ready to go for the day and i enjoy the rest of the day with the family. Less conflict in life:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In no way am I a morning person......EXCEPT for fishing. I like to be on the lake 45-60 minutes before sunrise. Crappie bite for me has been great in the morning this year. Grab a thermos and fill it with your favorite bean juice and away you go. I substitute my jumping jacks for some early tip-up action. wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love fishing early morning, the lake is usually empty and if anyone else is out there they are are a die-hard fisher person and will be respectable and quiet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've set up before sunrise before but I haven't really caught many fish before about 45 minutes to an hour after it get's light out. Don't know if it's because of the depth I fish at or what but I just sleep in...or better get out in the perm the night before and wake up when the rattle reels start ringing wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ML early, other Metro lakes, when ever I get to them grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont mind getting up to the jingle of the rattle reel in the morning before the alarm goes off. But if the alarm goes off first than its time to start jiggin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i usually get most of my crappies in the morning. an hour or so before sunup till right after the sun breaks the treeline and starts getting bright. then i switch to spearing pike and tipup fishing till noon. that is my most productive fishing. of course if i am on new water, the approach is a bit different....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

AM can be very productive and rewarding. I would know the spot you want to set up on, usually areas were fish move into during evening hours will also have fish moving through early so that can be a good place to start.

Always easy to wake up for fishing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont mind getting up to the jingle of the rattle reel in the morning before the alarm goes off. But if the alarm goes off first than its time to start jiggin.

walleye-

I grew up near Kimball and was just out in the area this last weekend. Did real good with the crappies. What lakes you usually hit?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to go early if possible, especially in the metro.

I'm feeling the encouragement everybody.

I mostly fish in the metro, and so I'm gonna take your advice jwhjr. I think I'll do a couple evening scouting trips for prep, and then go from there.

I too love the rattle reels in the morning on an overnight, but I think I'll stick with jiggin' and tip-ups when I set up in the morning.

Starting.......now!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I bought a new house last summer and it has a good sized stamped concrete patio off of the deck in the backyard.  It looks great and we use it a lot but the problem is that is very slippery when wet.  This winter it was like an ice rink when it had a little snow on it and in the summer its really slick when it rains or if the kids run on it with bare feet after playing in the sprinkler or pool.    I'm looking for solutions to reduce how slippery it is.  I've seen additives that I can add to the clear sealer that the old homeowner left for me (the cheap solution).  I've also see a product called Deck o Grip (the more expensive option) that looks to be a clear sealer that acts like a thin flexible rubber surface to prevent slips.  My concern with additives is that I don't want it to feel too rough on bare feet.  Most of the additives indicate you won't notice much but I'm wonder if that is true and if you don't notice anything does it really reduce slips that much?    Does anyone have experience with sealers for stamped concrete that aren't so dang slippery?
    • Every bird is around now except for a turkey. I heard them as the sun came up but I know they went to that field again. I am going to stick it out and see if I can get one to come over in a while.
    • Yep, a lot of things have to go right, right in a row, to get one with the bow.  Good luck!
    • Sat on a different property yesterday morning. With the recent snow melt I can finally drive close to it. I sat until 11:00. Had gobbling near me most of the morning. Finally about 9:00  4 jakes and a hen came out to the field followed by 2 large Toms and another hen. The jakes came cruising in to me dekes. Got as close as 7 yards but the big Toms kept there distance. I don't think they liked my strutter decoy. It is one that spins and the tail raises/lowers. Might be a bit to aggressive for this early season. They eventually walked off with the hen following them., never getting closer then 75 yards. Depending on this rain I might get out this evening/otherwise will have to wait until Friday/Saturday morning with my son...
    • I hear you! Tough luck!
    • Well the big tom slipped away from me Man He was big be was coming i ti my decoys but the hens went the otherway and he turned and followed  i drew back and almost gave it a shot but it was a wierd angle on one knee and i decided to not    i will get him friday when i go out next
    • The strange part is the better teams/points we had in the standings the worse we looked in the playoffs. It is probably a good thing to get some new eyes on the team and see what happens. I think someone else will scoop up Fletcher fairly soon, like players and coaches sometimes a change of scenery is in order. 
    • red polls and purple finches here daily for a while now. not many house finches.  brown headed cowbirds are here. flickers. Saw a vireo yesturday. 
    • Here are some pictures from my hunt.